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5:35 PM ET, April 24, 2008


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Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Wright Says His Words Were Twisted  —  In his first wide-ranging interview since video clips of his inflammatory sermons were aired, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. defended himself over the controversy, saying that his words were twisted.  —  Mr. Wright, Senator Barack Obama's former pastor …
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Wright offering fresh fodder to Obama critics  —  WASHINGTON—The controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright — Sen. Barack Obama's pastor — is speaking Monday at the National Press Club as part of a divinity conference of black church leaders.  Wright's decision to headline an event at the Press Club …
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Is That NC GOP Ad Really That Hard to Figure Out?
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Says He'll Bring “Every Pressure To Bear” …
Raleigh News & Observer:
FROM STAFF REPORTS  —  At least one North Carolina TV station …
Discussion: The Corner
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Garin in North Carolina
Discussion: The Swamp
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE McCAIN MYTH....David Broder says John McCain “is the rare exception who is not assumed to be willing to sacrifice personal credibility to prevail in any contest.”  Bob Somerby is pissed: … I'll give Broder credit for one thing: he's right about McCain's straight-talkiness being generally “assumed.”
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Democrats' Worst Nightmare  —  For battle-weary Democrats, the big news out of Pennsylvania is pretty simple: Their nightmare continues.  —  In the seven weeks between the Texas and Ohio primaries in early March and Tuesday's balloting in Pennsylvania, the tone of both Barack Obama's …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Pundit
Gallup Daily: Democratic Gap Narrows, Obama Stays Ahead  —  Obama 49% to 44% in latest national polling  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Gallup Poll Daily tracking update based on April 21-23 interviewing shows Barack Obama holding a narrower advantage over Hillary Clinton than he has in recent days …
Discussion: MyDD
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Is Obama Ready for Prime Time?  —  After being pummeled 55% to 45% in the Pennsylvania primary, Barack Obama was at a loss for explanations.  The best he could do was to compliment his supporters in an email saying, “you helped close the gap to a slimmer margin than most thought possible.”
Susan J. Demas / Detroit News:
Michigan is becoming Clinton's secret weapon
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Rove, Clinton, Michigan
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Minnesota Presidential Election  —  Minnesota: Obama 52% McCain 38%  —  While Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton still struggle for the nomination, both Democrats have gained ground on John McCain in Minnesota.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows …
Marc Ambinder:
Pawlenty: Call Him “45”  —  About 200 Republican bold-faced …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Minnesota Senate
Marc Ambinder:
Ambinder The Dupe?  —  Moments after I posted a brief about Sen. Clinton's $10M fundraising day, I received about a dozen e-mails from readers (and a few folks from Chicago) suggesting that, amiable as I am, I was duped.  A healthy skepticism is in order, virtually all of these e-mails say …
Discussion: techPresident
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
The Clinton-Obama Money Chase Continues [UPDATED]
Marc Ambinder:
Yes, Clinton Raised $10M Off The Net
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Biblical Scholars Challenge Pelosi's ‘Scripture’ Quote  —  ( - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is fond of quoting a particular passage of Scripture.  The quote, however, does not appear in the Bible and is “fictional,” according to biblical scholars.
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Reid, Pelosi, Dean may intervene in nomination  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he may have to push undecided superdelegates to make their decisions in the Democratic presidential race, if the contest stretches into June.  —  Reid said he would consider writing …
Joe Klein / Time:
The Incredibly Shrinking Democrats  —  “This election,” Bill Clinton said in the hours before the Pennsylvania primary, “is too big to be small.”  It was a noble sentiment, succinctly stated, and the core of what Democrats believe — that George W. Bush has been a historic screwup as President …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
A New Kind Of Semaphore  —  I completely disagree with this point …
Discussion: New York Times
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Dems hedge on healthcare  —  Congressional Democrats are backing away from healthcare reform promises made by their two presidential candidates, saying that even if their party controls the White House and Congress, sweeping change will be difficult.  —  It is still seven months before Election Day …
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
Disneyland-Style Theme Park Set for Baghdad.  Honest to God  —  Satire becomes reality.  In the preview for “War, Inc.” that Bruce posted below, private contractor John Cusack executes a war for the American government and then watches bewilderedly as a hip-hop star and her entourage invade the country right behind him.
Borzou / Babylon & Beyond:
IRAN: Hillary's threat to “obliterate” in war reverberates  —  Better be careful what you say in the heat of a political campaign.  It could have global repercussions.  —  Presidential contender Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's vow to “obliterate” Iran, presumably with nuclear weapons …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What the Family Would Let You See, the Pentagon Obstructs  —  Lt. Col. Billy Hall, one of the most senior officers to be killed in the Iraq war, was laid to rest yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery.  It's hard to escape the conclusion that the Pentagon doesn't want you to know that.
James Glanz / New York Times:
Sunnis Agree to End Boycott, Rejoin Iraq Government  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq's largest Sunni bloc has agreed to return to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki's cabinet after a nine-month boycott, several Sunni leaders said on Thursday, citing a recently passed amnesty law and the Maliki government's crackdown …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SUPPORTING THE TROOPS....Over at The Corner they're having …
Discussion: The Corner
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SELLING THE WAR, PART CCXVI....How balanced was media coverage …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Jbercovici /
‘Time’ Hillbama Cover a ‘TNR’ Redux? Well, No.
Discussion: The New Republic
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
McCain to New Orleans: Never again
Marc Ambinder:
RNC Sets Expectations For McCain's Polling Standing
Wonk Room:
George Will Leaves The Research Behind
Discussion: The New Republic
Times of London:
Yes it's politically incorrect but race matters
Discussion: The Corner and Redstate
 Earlier Items: 
Victoria McGrane / The Crypt's Blogs:
White House plans to veto two key foreclosure proposals, says Frank
Discussion: The Swamp
Troy Patterson / Slate:
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
“Mudcat” Saunders: Why Obama Isn't Winning Working Class Whites
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Fox News:
Secret Service Catch Mexican Official Nabbing White House BlackBerries
Jenna Bush: I may not support McCain